Fourth of July 5K enters 33rd year
June 26, 2015
The Fourth of July is celebrated around the country with parades, cookouts and fireworks. In Park City, all of that is true, but with one added event that has become a tradition on par with any other.
The July 4 5K Mountain Fun Run is back for its 33rd year. With proceeds benefiting the Park City Ski Team, PCST Director Jesse Hunt said the race has remained popular for three decades.
"It’s the day of the year," he said. "People want to get out and celebrate a little bit and this is a good way to get started. It’s become a tradition that, before people go up to Main Street for the parade, they get a little bit of exercise in first."
The race begins at 8 a.m. in the Cole Sport parking lot at 1615 Park Ave. An awards ceremony follows in the same spot. Hunt said Cole Sport has supported the event since it started.
"Cole Sport is our major sponsor," he said. "They do a lot of the organizing behind the event. They’ve been in this since the beginning. They partnered with the Park City Ski Team back in the early ’80s to kick off the event and have been with it ever since."
A host of other sponsors also make the race possible, Hunt added — Industrial Supply, Chase Bank, Jim Clifford Builders, Silver King Coffee and first-year sponsor Hillair Capital.
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Having several sponsors on board for the event helps the Park City Ski Team take in as much money as possible during an important stretch of the offseason, Hunt said.
"It’s one of the few fundraisers we do and it’s a very important one for us," he said. "We’re running dryland activities and there’s a lot actually happening right now. This fundraiser gives us the opportunity to support ourselves and get the kids out working on their conditioning for the upcoming racing season."
Hunt said he’s hoping to again attract more than 1,000 runners.
"We’ve had that number consistently through the years," he said.
As always, Hunt added, race participants will earn prizes and giveaways.
"We’ve got some really cool T-shirts everyone gets for participating and awards and prizes for many different age categories," he said. "We have a nice awards ceremony in the Cole Sport parking lot after the race."
Age categories range from 8 and younger to 70 and older, with a special "Baby Jogger" category for parents pushing strollers.
"Our Baby Jogger category is a pretty popular one," Hunt said. "It’s competitive in that category. But we also get a lot of young kids and runners right up to 70 and over — we’re covering all the different age groups."
With runners of all ages enjoying the holiday event, Hunt said families often use the race as a way to spend time together.
"What’s cool about it is the diversity," he said. "It’s a family event — you get the grandparents all the way down to the grandkids."
Registration for the race is available at http://www.runnercard.com and at Cole Sport. Pre-registration is open until July 3 at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 for runners 11 and under and $30 for racers 12 and over. Race-day registration is available from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on July 4, with a cost of $25 for 11 and under and $35 for 12 and over.